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Subban: Price is ‘the best goalie in the world right now’

Jan 17, 2014, 11:10 AM EDT

Henrik Lunqvist; Travis Moen; Roman Hamrlik; AP

Following Carey Price‘s scintillating performance in a 5-4 OT win over Ottawa last night — the Habs netminder stopped 40 of 44 shots, many of the highlight variety — Montreal teammate P.K. Subban heaped on the praise.

“I know he’s my teammate and everything, but I’m hard pressed to find another goalie that’s better than him right now in the world,” Subban said following the game, per Sportsnet. “There are some really good ones in this league but, the way he’s playing of late and this year, to me he’s the best goalie in the world right now.”

Price’s numbers on the year (22-12-4, 2.26 GAA, .926 save percentage) are very good, and he was rewarded for his stellar play with a spot on the Canadian Olympic team. His recent run of quality outings, combined with the injury to Roberto Luongo and inconsistent play from Mike Smith, could have put Price in the driver’s seat for the No. 1 gig heading into Sochi.

And if any Team Canada scouts were watching his effort against the Sens on Thursday, they’d probably agree. Price stood on his head on a number of occasions, including this robbery of Bobby Ryan:

“He was the difference, right?” Ryan said of Price. “That game could have been a much different game going into the third if it wasn’t for him. He made three, four, maybe five 10-bellers right in a row.”

  1. thehabsnation - Jan 17, 2014 at 11:14 AM

    The Price is Right

  2. barkar942 - Jan 17, 2014 at 11:36 AM

    I guess Subban didn’t watch the Rangers and Detroit goaltending exhibition last night.
    I guess we will know if he is right by late February.

  3. hockey412 - Jan 17, 2014 at 12:01 PM

    He lost a little credibility after his “we’re better” comment during last year’s playoffs.

  4. btlpper68 - Jan 17, 2014 at 12:04 PM

    Just like Subban named the “best d men ” in the league

    • thesportsjudge - Jan 17, 2014 at 1:45 PM

      In a shortened season.

  5. ribs108 - Jan 17, 2014 at 12:31 PM

    Price is a very good positional goalie, but if he’s not in position the puck goes behind him. Plenty of goalies faced 40+ shots recently and did not allow 4 goals like he did. He’s also a rebound machine. He won last night because Cowen kicked the puck into his own net – otherwise we’d be talking about Price being the ‘best goalie in the world’ who just lost a hockey game. Personally, I like Price and Subban and hope for their sakes that they’re traded to a team with a shot at a Cup. Presently, they’re both playing for a dynasty (35 years ago) and a team with the most Cups (but none in the last 20 years). In summation, Howard – 47 saves, 1 goal, Lundqvist – 37 saves, 0 goals, Price – 40 saves, 4 goals.

  6. penguins87and71 - Jan 17, 2014 at 12:41 PM

    HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!!!

  7. mgp1219 - Jan 17, 2014 at 12:42 PM

    Yes, Subban, Price needs to be the “best goalie in the world right now” because he has d-men like you playing in front of him. Norris Trophy winner? What a joke.

    • zetaone - Jan 17, 2014 at 1:13 PM

      Psh everybody knows the Norris Trophy goes to a dman that’s top 3 in points. Has nothing to do with a player’s defensive ability like it used to.

      • chuvalo - Jan 17, 2014 at 2:52 PM

        Do you know anything about hockey? Paul Coffey (3 time winner) and Brian Leetch (2 time winner) were not known for their defensive skills

      • hockeyflow33 - Jan 17, 2014 at 4:29 PM

        But Coffey and Leetch were getting max minutes and not being held out of key situations like Karlsson and Subban

  8. pfhockey - Jan 17, 2014 at 1:39 PM

    Bishop is the hottest goalie in the NHL right now.

    • barkar942 - Jan 17, 2014 at 3:59 PM

      Bishop is good. But, he is also huge. Good combination for a goalie.
      Dustin Byfuglien should try goalie next.

      • pfhockey - Jan 17, 2014 at 4:27 PM

        Definitely has it’s advantages, but the five hole is the most prominent weak spot on a big goalie.

  9. montrealbbr - Jan 17, 2014 at 2:25 PM

    Price is playing amazing hockey right now. If he can play like this during the playoffs the rest of the league is screwed!

    • shortsxit34 - Jan 17, 2014 at 5:12 PM

      “T…he rest of the league is screwed!”

      He gave up four goals to a non-playoff team. I’m sure the rest of the league isn’t too worried.

  10. charastein - Jan 17, 2014 at 2:30 PM

    Nah, come playoff time, the smurfs will get pushed around like the little children they are and the slot will be wide open.

    Keep practicing new and inventive ways to draw penalties – it’s the only chance they will have against the might of CHARA!

    Got stanchion? Call 9-1-1 for immediate assistance in case of unfortunate accidents or emergencies.

    • montrealbbr - Jan 17, 2014 at 3:36 PM

      Boston will be lucky to make the playoffs and get out of the first round if Rask keeps playing like he has been. Between the injuries, suspensions, bad play by your goalie and trading away top end talent, your team isnt going very far this year. Montreal, Pittsburgh, Tampa and Toronto would destroy boston in a 7 game series.

      • barkar942 - Jan 17, 2014 at 4:00 PM

        Maybe Boston will make a trade with the Panthers to get TT back.

      • hockeyflow33 - Jan 17, 2014 at 4:31 PM

        Lucky to make the playoffs? Seriously, why even write such stupid comments? You lose all credibility with whatever comes next.

      • shortsxit34 - Jan 17, 2014 at 5:13 PM

        hockeyflow33 – Since when did habsman have credibility?

  11. spitfisher - Jan 17, 2014 at 11:14 PM

    Did Suban get hit in the head with a puck?

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